The area is thought by most to be the site of the "Birth of England" at the Battle of Brunanburh in AD937, an English victory by the army of Æthelstan, King of England, and his brother Edmund over the combined armies of Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin, Constantine II, King of Alba, and Owain ap Dyfnwal, King of the Cumbrians. Though relatively little known today, it was called "the greatest single battle in Anglo-Saxon history before Hastings (note*)." Michael Livingston claimed that Brunanburh marks "the moment when Englishness came of age." The Brackenwood golf course was cited in 2004 as the most likely site for the Battle of Brunanburh. Mention of the battle is made in dozens of sources, in Old English, Latin, Irish, Welsh, Anglo-Norman and Middle English, and there are many later accounts or responses to the battle. A contemporary record of the battle is found in the Old English poem Battle of Brunanburh, preserved in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.  The Church of St. Andrew, on a site occupied since Saxon times, dates from the 14th and 16th centuries.

Bromborough Cross  and below, from the other side!

Brunanburh - the battle that shaped England
Bromborough Pool

Allport Lane

Allport Lane

Allport Lane

Bromborough Station

The 3 ladies are Monica Pells, Edna & Doris Rowlands

Bromborough Mill and Mill Dam (Spital Dam) 1885
Junker 88 crashed on Bromborough side of Mersey (click link for my WW2 page)

 Not so long back I received an email asking about an incident at the Bromborough Fuel tanks in 1941. Luckily I was contacted by a gent called Paul Burks who provided me with the following newspaper cuttings. Many thanks Paul.

I gather from the articles that many locals were discussing the possibility of german spies, sabotage and other such rumours. Apparently the accident was literally just that, a tragic accident. But the coroner reported that the cause was unknown.

The case was heard 'in camera' as per the second article, but that would be normal given the circumstances.

* The Battle of Hastings, was actually the Battle of Pevensea, just down the coast. Its seems Hastings 'claimed it'